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BAEC receives state conference merit

The New York State Conference of Bar Leaders on Tuesday announced that the Bar Association of Erie County has received its 2010 Award of Merit for Large Bar Associations (2,000 members or more).

The awards honor local bars for public service and programming that enhance the public’s understanding of the law. Recipients were honored at a Jan. 29 breakfast during the New York State Bar Association’s 133rd Annual Meeting in Manhattan.

The BAEC was honored for creating the standing Committee on Legal Issues of Veterans and Service Members to help meet a growing need for coordinated legal services and resources for service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. The committee organized its efforts into three categories: education, coordination of local resources and representation. The committee organized monthly meetings with attorneys and community groups that deal with veterans and active duty personnel to discuss related legal topics of interest. The committee also held regular meetings with agencies and programs that serve veterans and active duty military in order to increase awareness and coordinate resources.

“The Bar Association of Erie County’s work has given our service members and veterans the opportunity to find the vital legal help they need including pro bono representation in critical instances,” said Hiscock & Barclay LLP attorney Linda J. Clark, of Albany, who serves as the chairwoman of the Conference of Bar Leaders.

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